Millie Fire 9/2 am update



Millie Fire Update  

0900 Sep 2, 2012  

For Immediate Release                          

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Cooler Temperatures Allow Firefighters to Make Good Progress


Bozeman, MT – Yesterday’s cooler temperatures subdued fire behavior slightly, and kept the fire’s growth to a minimum.  Estimated size is now 10,183 acres, but containment is still 0 percent.  Although progress building containment lines continues, fire edge is not considered contained until mop up has been completed and we are confident the line will prevent further spread of the fire.


Saturday firefighters had the opportunity to work directly on the fire’s edge on the west flank,   north and south of Storm Castle Creek, installing and securing additional containment line. Several miles of contingency line were constructed with dozers along roads and trails to the west of the fire’s edge, in case the containment line doesn’t hold .


Today, containment line construction and mop-up will continue north on Telephone Ridge and south from Storm Castle Creek, as well as on the north side working east toward South Cottonwood Creek.  Crews building containment line and mopping up along the south side will also work on suppression of a small spot fire south of the line.


Two helicopters are assigned to the incident, and several water drops were made on the headwaters of South Cottonwood Creek, to check the fire’s growth down canyon.


As of Saturday night there were 2 Type 1 hand crews, 7 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, eight dozers and a total of 372 people assigned to this fire.


Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.


The public is reminded that there will be increases in fire traffic on roads in the area this holiday weekend please use caution when driving.












No Evacuations Ordered for Gallatin County

Saturday Setpember 1st at 4:20 p.m.

(Bozeman, Mont.) The Sheriff’s Office has received information that there may be confusion about  fire evacuations on the Millie Fire.
AT THIS TIME THERE HAVE BEEN NO EVACUATIONS anywhere in Gallatin County.  The Sheriffs Office issued WARNINGS in South Cottonwood Canyon yesterday morning are assisting the United States Forest Service with their closures of Hyalite and other Forest Service areas.


We would like to clarify the process. 

A WARNING is given to residents if there is a possibility that they may need to be evacuated depending on changing conditions.

An EVACUATION means its time to go.

Please refer to\sheriff for updates and WARNING packet information.

Millie Fire 9/1 am update



Millie Fire Update 9/1 AM

Overnight Rain Has Minimal Effect on Millie Fire

Incident: Millie Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago
Bozeman, MT – The rain during the night, while very welcome, will have little lasting effect on suppression of the Millie Fire burning about 20 miles south of Bozeman.
Myron Hotinger, Fire Behavior Analyst, said; “Last nights precipitation probably totaled less than a quarter of an inch on the fire, and much of that may have hung up in the tops of the trees … it will offer us a good opportunity to get in and complete more line, but this is going to dry out given the general lack of moisture”. Hotinger went on to say; “… we’ll call this a ‘fire slowing event’ versus a season ending event which would need three quarters of an inch of rain over 3 days.
Last night’s official data is still calling the fire 9,500 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire did actually grow about 600 acres on Friday but due to smoke and poor visibility Thursday’s data was a small overestimate of size.
Operations reported at this morning’s crew briefing good progress was made securing the heel of the fire and planning for line building in the principal drainages north of the fire is well underway. As ordered firefighting resources arrive they will be put to work.
As of Friday night there were 2 Type 1 hand crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 19 engines, eight dozers and a total of 310 people assigned to this fire. Although no helicopters are officially assigned yet, local ships were used yesterday and heavy air tankers made 6 missions on the north end of the fire dropping about 15,000 gallons of retardant aiding ground crews.
Another Fire Information Meeting will be held at 6:00p.m. this evening at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., in Bozeman.
The public is reminded that there will be increases in fire traffic on roads in the area this holiday weekend please use caution when driving.